Can I Touch Your Hair? by Irene Latham

Available At: Academy International, Legacy Peak (ES), Ranch Creek

Categories: Anti-Police, Racism, Whiteness

Description: Discussions of racial biases and assumptions made by and toward two young children by their classmates and how they overcome them.

YA Label?: No

Notes: Controversial racial commentary.

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Page 7: “Now I’m stuck with Iren? She hardly says anything. Plus she’s white.”

Page 12: “At church everyone is white.”

Page 18: “I smile when Shonda comes over, but she doesn’t smile back. You’ve got the whole rest of the playground, she says, Can’t we at least have this corner?”

Page 27: “Only then does he tell me about Trayvon, about Ferguson, Missouri. What happened and why.”

Page 31: “…sky black. streets black. faces black. fear white”

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